Deadline is Friday to register for free debris pick up in Henrico

Deadline is Friday to register for free debris pick up in Henrico

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - In Henrico, thousands of people are already taking advantage of the county's free pickup of debris from last week's storms.

There is still time to call but the deadline is Friday, June 24.

For the past few days, crews hired by the county could be seen picking up large piles of debris throughout the county, particularly off of Dumbarton Avenue and in the Lakeside area. More than 4,000 people have signed up.

Other people like Mike Alexander who lives in Short Pump are doing it themselves. Alexander loaded up his truck and took large branches and part of his damaged fence to the Springfield Road Landfill.

"My neighbor's big branch came down and went over the top of my fence and hit the side of my car. But it didn't do a lot of damage," he said.

Karen Trent says her whole block got together to clean up the mess.

"Every time something happens, Gene has got the trailer and we all come together," she said.

For people who don't have trucks, the county will take care of some of the mess. But the debris has to be no longer than four feet, with a diameter of four inches or less, it must weigh less than 50 pounds and sticks and small items should be bundled.

The county says the debris should be placed at the curb or near the edge of a public road. They say don't block any drainage or put it in the roadway

There are certain items that will not be accepted including: root balls, trunks and sections from large trees; bagged yard debris; and storm-related household waste, such as scrap wood, drywall, roofing materials and spoiled food.

If you want to register for free debris pick up call 804-501-4275 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m by Friday, June 24.

The county says pick up times are not guaranteed because of the large need, but the crews will not stop until it's cleared.

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